Camden markets are my favorite place in London, and I've spent a lot of cash in The Black Rose! Even though it's annoyingly packed, Saturday is my favorite day there because all the punks are out. I love to people watch, punks are great to watch, and so are the tourists that are afraid of them. Tres funny.
Tourists are afraid of the punks?! I'm more afraid of the eight-foot-tall dudes who travel in packs of no less than ten, selling weed and looking ominous with their hoodies up. And even those make me laugh, because you get a glimpse of their faces and realize that they're all pimply-faced gangly teenagers.
So was reading this as a part of communistgnome
's Friends list, and as soon as I got to the "...proper market day..." I said "Ahah! British! (or perhaps Irish or Scottish, so as not to offend anyone)"
Mind you, the names of the places you listed probably should have clued me in, but it was after my trips to England that I really found out how different our languages can be.
I do so envy the country over there for it's dedication to history...I'd like to think America is just too young, but I think we don't preserve it nearly as nicely as what I've seen.
Not to hop in and bug you, but "Hi"...and very nice pics btw. There are so many places I have left to see!
i no longer think that being too young of a country has nothing to do with fondness of history. just impatience, ignorance, and need to stay ahead of others.
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I'm not English myself, but I've (mostly unconsciously) adopted some of the British-English grammatical expressions since moving here. I am clinging to my accent with both fists, though, as there's very little that's as annoying as an American with a fake English accent.
I remember visiting the equivalent of a Grade II* listed house in LA, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, that was built in the 1960s. You won't find a lot of buildings that new with that kind of protection here, where a person would have to apply to the council just to change the color of the paint on the door. And conversely, there are Victorian buildings on my block in a terrible state of disrepair. It's funny, some of the Brits I've talked to seem to admire the American dedication to preserving things that they see as relatively new or culturally less significant. For instance, our extensive national park system.
Heh. I have lots of other pictures, and the resolution on the full-size images is such that you could potentially identify hundreds of people in them.
I get a bit claustrophobic in the markets, too. It's nice to escape down by the canal for a breather every now and then.